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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Dodge Charger and Challenger replacements due 2020, Chrysler 300 to be axed - report
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Dodge Charger and Challenger replacements due 2020, Chrysler 300 to be axed - report

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger reportedly won't be replaced by Fiat Chrysler (FCA) until 2020, while the related Chrysler 300 won't make it to a third generation. Sources have informed Automotive News that the replacements for the Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe won't arrive until 2020...


Mopar concepts star at SEMA along with new Hemi crate engine packages
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Mopar concepts star at SEMA along with new Hemi crate engine packages

CarAdvice was at a special preview of Chrysler and Mopar’s unique SEMA concept vehicles in Las Vegas this week, ahead of their public unveiling at the SEMA show. It follows a Chrysler tradition of building heavily-modified show vehicles to celebrate automotive expos and events across the USA...


Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram concepts teased ahead of SEMA debut
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Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram concepts teased ahead of SEMA debut

Fiat Chrysler has released a sample of  Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram sketches, previewing five heavily-modified concept cars bound for the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. This furious (and/or family-friendly) five have been re-imagined with production and concept parts from in-house tuning arm Mopar - a partnership that has created numerous bold concepts over the years...


Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, Patriot recalled over airbag fault
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Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, Patriot recalled over airbag fault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, along with the Jeep Compass and Patriot over concerns the airbag and seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy in an accident. The company says the affected models may have a shorting condition in the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) which could cause the loss of airbag and seatbelt pretensioner deployment capability in a collision...


Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep recall 1.9 million vehicles globally for airbag fault: Australian models affected
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Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep recall 1.9 million vehicles globally for airbag fault: Australian models affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for 1.4 million Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles in the US over concerns a wiring fault could prevent the airbags from deploying and the seatbelt pretensioner from tightening, in the event of a collision...


Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Steve Zanlunghi. New York-born Zanlunghi, an American/Australian dual-citizen with a life-long history here, replaces native Detroiter Pat Dougherty, who came to the role in late 2014 and now moves to lead the company's parts and service operations for the wider Asia-Pacific region...


Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 gearshift recall underway
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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 gearshift recall underway

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is recalling the ‘WK’ Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 from various model years, over concerns the electronic shift lever may not correctly engage ‘park’. Last month the company’s local arm confirmed it would recall 47,451 examples of the two models for the electronic ‘monostable’ gear shifter as part of a wider global recall...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22

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CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more

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Fiat Chrysler offers reward to hackers in boosted safety push
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Fiat Chrysler offers reward to hackers in boosted safety push

In a move that further highlights the closing gap between cars and technology, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is now offering financial incentives to hackers that successfully expose flaws in the company's software systems. Using a third-party code-sharing platform called BugCrowd, FCA is offering bounties between $150 and $1500 to participants who identify security gaps in vehicle and customer-facing software architecture...


Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram added to Takata recall: 22,000 vehicles affected
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Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram added to Takata recall: 22,000 vehicles affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for more than 22,000 vehicles from a trio of model lines as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Less than a week after Subaru recalled nearly 76,000 vehicles as part of the Takata scandal, FCA has added a further 22,345 units to the worldwide campaign...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 9: ANCAP audits Picanto, Subaru Levorg reviewed, Jeeps recalled, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 9: ANCAP audits Picanto, Subaru Levorg reviewed, Jeeps recalled, and much more

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Chrysler 300 could switch to FWD/AWD platform for next generation
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Chrysler 300 could switch to FWD/AWD platform for next generation

The next-generation Chrysler 300 may ditch its rear-wheel drive heritage in favour of a front- and all-wheel drive platform. Earlier this week, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) chairman Sergio Marchionne met with workers at the company's factory in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to thank them for their efforts in getting the Chrysler Pacifica people mover into production...


Fiat Chrysler 2.0-litre turbo engine coming in 2017
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Fiat Chrysler 2.0-litre turbo engine coming in 2017

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will reportedly introduce a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine next year, which in its top-spec trim will produce around 225kW (300hp). According to sources that have spoken to Automotive News, the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will feature direct injection, variable valve timing, an aluminium block and a twin-scroll turbo...


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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6
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Google, Chrysler teaming up on driverless cars: official
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Google, Chrysler teaming up on driverless cars: official

Google and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will jointly develop a self-driving version of the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid people mover, which will be added to the search giant's ever growing fleet of research and test autonomous vehicles. As part of this deal, the two companies will each assign a group of engineers who will work together, at a site in southeastern Michigan, to design, engineer and test the self-driving people carrier...


Fiat Chrysler and Google close to deal on autonomous car technology - reports
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Fiat Chrysler and Google close to deal on autonomous car technology - reports

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Google are reportedly very close to signing a deal related to self-driving car technology. Sources have told both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal that FCA and Google are in the late stage of negotiations, with the technology giant responsible for the supply of autonomous vehicle technology, while the Italian-American car maker will provide the automotive platform and manufacturing capability...